A major announcement is planned in the next few weeks, but I have received the scoop from Nader spokeswoman Durachka Pervaprelskaya that Ralph Nader has agreed to to run for Vice President on an independent ticket with Ron Paul for President and will try to get on the ballot in all states and DC.
Ralph Nader ran as a Green Party candidate for President in 1996 and 2000, and as an independent in 2004 and 2008. Ron Paul ran as a Libertarian in 1988, and as a Republican in 2008, as well as serving multiple terms in Congress as a Republican. In 2008, he endorsed Constitution Party candidate Chuck Baldwin in the general election.
According to Ms. Pervaprelskaya they will seek the endorsement of the Green, Libertarian and Constitution Parties and will run on multiple ballot lines where that is permitted and qualify as independents in any state where they can’t secure an existing ballot line.
Paul and Nader have been increasingly cooperating lately on antiwar and anti-corporatist issues. According to the agreement that allows them to work together, they will focus the vast majority of the campaign on issues where they agree, such as those put forward by the Campaign for Liberty’s founding “we agree” statement.
Ms. Pervaprelskaya said that the timing of the announcement is being moved up due to concerns about potential independent runs by Donald Trump (currently running as a Republican), Mayor Michael Bloomberg of NYC, former Governor Jesse Ventura of Minnesota, Roseanne Barr, and progressive candidate Robert Milnes of New Jersey, who intends to run with an as yet unidentified female libertarian VP candidate. She refused to comment on the all-party and independent system of the US Parliament, Inc., and any issues involving petition gathering contracts.
Ms. Pervaprelskaya assured me that Ron Paul is fully on board, although his office refused to comment, saying they would prefer to hold off until the official announcement.
Stay tune for additional developments in this rapidly breaking story.